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Learn How To Become a Licensed Massage Therapist

Massage therapists play a pivotal role in helping people care for their body and their overall health. If you have a passion for helping others and dream of a career that lets you work with your hands, massage therapy could be for you.

Learn how you can start doing what you love as a massage therapist at Douglas J Aveda Institute. Our program is offered at our East Lansing and Ann Arbor locations. It’s possible to become a massage therapist in Michigan in as little as 6 months!

If that sounds appealing to you, the first step is to schedule a tour at either our East Lansing or Ann Arbor location by clicking on the Schedule My Tour link below.

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Our Massage Therapy School & Curriculum

At Douglas J Aveda Institute, massage therapy and the Aveda name work together to create a holistic wellness experience, balancing touch, aroma and more to melt stress from each guest who walks through our doors. Using both Aveda products and ideology, Douglas J Aveda Institute creates a unique learning environment using all-natural products.

As part of our program, you can learn in the classroom, digitally and through hands-on demonstrations. When you are ready, we will support you as you start taking actual guests in our student spa. Our licensed instructors provide real feedback and assist you as you work toward becoming a licensed professional.

We know that doing something brand new can be daunting, so our instructors are dedicated to helping you gain the confidence you need to provide an amazing consultation, build a custom treatment plan and send off your guest feeling relaxed and refreshed. Because our program is only 625 hours, you can start doing what you love sooner, often is as little as 6 months from first class to graduation, at which point you will be more than prepared to take the State of Michigan Therapy Licensing Exam.

What You Can Learn

Massage therapy is so much more than simple massage techniques! To become a successful massage therapist, you have to understand the body and how it works. That’s why our extensive curriculum includes:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Aromaology
  • Spa treatments
  • Body movement techniques

In our student spa, you can start practicing your techniques on actual guests under the supervision of licensed professionals, including:

  • Aveda Aroma Massage
  • Stress-Fix Massage
  • Chakra Balancing Massage
  • Prenatal Massage
  • Scalp Massage
  • Foot Reflexology

Our student salon and spa is designed to simulate a professional massage environment to help each guest relax to the fullest. This also means you can start getting experience and get a feel for what it would be like to work in the industry while you’re still in school.

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Why Massage Therapy at Douglas J Aveda Institute?

Massage therapy is a rewarding career path for those looking to do something new in their life! Many people at different points of their lives rely on experienced massage therapists to alleviate pain and discomfort. Through our program, learn the basics of a variety of techniques, from sport massages to prenatal massage treatments.

If you’re looking for massage therapy school, Douglas J Aveda Institute could be a good fit for you!

Massage Therapists Can Choose a Variety of Careers

After receiving an education at Douglas J Aveda Institute, you have the freedom to choose where you want your career to take you. Some potential careers or workplaces include:

  • Massage and body-work specialist
  • Spa and/or health club therapist
  • Spa manager
  • Spa owner
  • Private practice

Once you start your education at Douglas J Aveda Institute, we’ll provide you with a business education to learn how to run a successful practice. When you’re ready to find your career, participate in our career fairs, mock interviews, and resume preparation classes to help you nail the interview or start your own successful massage therapy clinic.

Already a licensed esthetician? Consider dual licensure to further your career! You can provide massage and skincare services together to open even more opportunities for your future career.

Day and Evening Classes Available

Learn massage therapy at a time that fits your schedule. We have day or evening classes available, which makes it possible for you to start working toward what you love on your own time. At our school, you can pursue a new career while balancing other work and life responsibilities. We want you to be able to love what you do! Reach out to our team to find a schedule that works for you.

Paying for School Is Possible

As part of our massage therapy program, financial aid is available to those who qualify. If you want to pursue an education in massage but don’t know if you can afford it, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) to see what you may qualify for! Consider exploring loans, grants and even scholarships to make paying for massage therapy school at Douglas J Aveda Institute affordable.

Be Part of the Community

Just like the rest of our programs, being part of the community is a big part of who we are! As a student at Douglas J Aveda Institute, you can take part in charity events and other meaningful activities to give back to the community and world around you.

Receive an Ayurvedic Approach to Massage

As an Aveda school, we take an Ayurvedic approach to wellness, and this is especially true in our massage therapy program. Ayurveda is the wellness belief that focuses on the balance between the mind, body and spirit, which aligns perfectly with both our mission and Aveda’s. If you have a passion for natural healing, pursue your education at an Aveda institute like Douglas J.

Start Your Journey To Become a Massage Therapist

Learn how to become a massage therapist by scheduling your tour of our East Lansing or Ann Arbor locations. You can see what it’s like to become a massage therapy student at Douglas J Aveda Institute and learn more about our program. Plus, it’s an amazing opportunity to meet our massage therapy instructors and have any questions you have about our program answered.

Call us at 877.311.8957 or fill out the form to schedule your tour.

I like the small classroom environment that Douglas J [Aveda Institute] offers, more one on one, I have been in bigger classes and it was harder to learn and grasp the concept. My friend who graduated from here talked to me about this school and suggested it for massage therapy, and we got to talking about this school, and it sounded great.

- Danny S., Massage Therapy

Choosing to train with Douglas J is not just attending cosmetology school, it's the first step in building a career.


The Douglas J team offers a complete system of excellence and support for every student in every facet of education. From the quality of the educators, to the relationship with salon owners seeking talent, to the network of global artists affiliated with the company, everyone is completely committed to developing the student to their highest potential. We give Douglas J education system our highest endorsement.




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